2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 1 Apr 2005 00:51:57 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] O'ahu Sugar - dioxin at Pearl Harbor
EPA orders check of toxic site

By Jan TenBruggencate 
Honolulu Advertiser
March 31, 2005

A former O'ahu Sugar Co. pesticide mixing plant on Navy land at Pearl
Harbor contains high levels of dioxin, and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said there is evidence that people - perhaps children
- have been getting into the contaminated area. 

Despite two locked fences and the fact that it is a secure Navy reserve,
investigators in September 2003 said they found bicycle tracks inside
the old chemical mixing site. 

The EPA yesterday announced it has ordered O'ahu Sugar Co. LLC to
investigate dioxin contamination at the site on the Waipi'o Peninsula.
The sugar company leased 3.5 acres from the Navy during the 1940s until
it was closed during the 1990s. O'ahu Sugar went out of the sugar
business in 1995. 

The site is part of the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex Superfund Site. EPA
Hawai'i spokesman Dean Higuchi said it is not near residential areas.
"We toured the area, and it's not being used now. It's just overgrown
with weeds and kiawe trees," Higuchi said. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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